As a recent émigré from North Queensland, I’m as appreciative of Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s culinary capital as I am of the rubbish weather. What better news this cold July than that of our city’s newest – and hugest food festival – The Age Good Food Month this Spring? Sydney’s version of the festival – The Morning Herald Good Food Month in 2012 (previously known as Crave) had nearly one million visitors, which is a good indication of what’s to come!
The Age Good Food Month will run in Melbourne and regional Victoria throughout November 2013. Longrain, Mamak and Sydney-based food trucks Let’s Do Yum Cha have already signed on to our inaugural hawker-style Night Noodle Markets, to be held at Alexandra Gardens from 18 to 30 November.
Melbournians love a night market and this one comes highly regarded – it boasts an enormously successful 14-year run in Sydney. Add to this tried, true and new events like Let’s Do Lunch, Hats Off Dinners, Supper Club, Instant Expert, Bar Hop and Shoot the Chef (holder your shooters – it’s a photographic competition!) we have all the makings of an awesome foodie celebration.
Not least among The Age Good Food Month’s coups are its engagement of Alex Atala (voted by Forbes as the worlds most influential chef) and his fan Rene Redzepi. What an endorsement. Each superstar will be presenting their new books, D.O.M.: Rediscovering Brazilian Ingredients and Rene Redzepi: A Work in Progress and a series of events.
For more information check out goodfoodmonth.com.